ERIC Number: ED426556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Enhancing Co-operation between Mainstream and Special Education. Thematic Group 9. Helios II Programme.
European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, Middelfart (Denmark).
This booklet discusses mainstream and special education interaction through the experiences and conclusions of a working group of persons with disabilities, parents, administrators, mainstream teachers, teachers in special education, therapists, and professionals in special needs from 10 European countries. It focuses upon the special needs education systems in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Holland, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Part 1 presents fundamental principles for cooperation between special and mainstream education and essential elements for cooperation and transition to an open environment. Elements include the role of parents, the role of professionals, assessment, curriculum, classroom practice, technology, and financing. Part 2 provides brief outlines of special needs education systems in the 10 participating countries, including the country's legislation, facts and figures on children with special needs, overall organization, types of provision, and future actions. It then describes examples of good practice in the area of mainstream/special education. Contact information is provided for each program that is profiled as a good example of regular and special education cooperation. (CR)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Incidence, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Parent Role, Program Effectiveness, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Staff Role, Teacher Education
European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, Teglgaardsparken 100, DK-5500 Middelfart, Denmark; Tel: +45-64-41-00-20; Fax: +45-64-41-23-03; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.european-agency.org
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education, Middelfart (Denmark).